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Modern Languages KS4

 COURSE OVERVIEW

The ability to use and understand a modern foreign language is essential in the changing and increasingly connected world we live in. Study of a modern foreign language gives a range of skills which can be useful throughout your life. Imagine all the people you could communicate with and all the amazing places you could travel to or work in- all because you can speak a foreign language.

We use the AQA exam board for French and Spanish and the GCSE course is taught over 3 years Y9-Y11

A GCSE in a language helps you develop four key skills that are vital for any learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The course content will be divided up and taught in the following contexts:

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture
  • Theme 2: Local, national international and global areas of interest
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

You must have studied your chosen language(s) at Key Stage 3 to be able to take it at GCSE.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

PAPER 1 - LISTENING

25% Foundation - 35 minutes

25% Higher - 45 minutes

PAPER 2 - SPEAKING

25% Speaking assessment

Either Foundation or Higher Tier

PAPER 3 - READING

25% Foundation - 45 minutes

25% Higher - 1 hour

PAPER 4 - WRITING

25% Foundation - 1 hour

25% Higher - 1 hour 15 mins

Examinations are tiered and students will be guided by their class teacher so that they are entered for the level which most suits their ability.

If you are having difficulty deciding which language to take, your language teachers will be able to help and advise you on which one is right for you. Those doing particularly well in two languages can of course continue with the study of both to GCSE level.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED?

 

-Vocabulary learning – help your child learn words and phrases

- Encourage them to use the Internet to access songs, films, news items in a foreign language as well as to use the following websites to practice work covered in lessons.

-  Linguascope.com (password from teacher)

   Quizlet.com

   Languagesonline.org

 

WHERE NEXT?

You must have taken the relevant language at GCSE to be able to study it at A-level. The study of language is also seen as a valuable qualification for many International Businesses.